Specialty tiremaker Global Rubber Industries (Pvt.) Ltd. (GRI) says its plants in Sri Lanka are operating at full capacity as the company continues to ensure employee safety.
According to GRI officials, staff are transported to and from facilities “to minimize potential exposure. Plants were and continue to be sanitized regularly.”
In addition, GRI management has been “proactive in conducting regular mock drills to prepare for any situation, in addition to other awareness programs, temperature checks and hygiene procedures.
“Operation and ancillary areas in and around the factories were also realigned and adjusted to incorporate social distancing measures and safety. With the assistance of cross-functional teams, digitalization and work-from-home measures were implemented, wherever possible.”
All GRI factories also have in-house medical treatment facilities.
“Our standard operating procedures cover a range of risk factors associated with specialty tire production,” says Ananda Caldera, GRI’s executive director. “They are implemented according to international standards and we also work with local authorities to conduct regular audits.”
“Safety has always come first in our factory environment,” says Shanaka Gunaratne, senior general manager. “We follow lean principles, and occupational safety and health standards are inherently embedded into our working procedures and value systems. Therefore, we were able to easily and quickly implement the COVID-19 requirements.”